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Five Fab Fictional Mayors + Exciting News!

I have some exciting news today: I am the new deputy mayor of Torfaen!

If I am re-elected at next year's election I'll get to be mayor proper, and add my photo to the wall of mayors at the Civic Centre. I found I was to be nominated as deputy a few days ago, but last night it was made official at the Council AGM and Mayor Making ceremony - you can see my election on the webcast HERE.

Deputy Mayor chains for Torfaen County Borough Council.
Torfaen County Borough Council deputy mayor and deputy mayor's consort's chains - and the consort's flowers.

I'm really looking forward to getting to see more of the community work that goes on in Torfaen, and the chance to meet lots of different groups and individuals. It will tie in nicely too with my planned 'Out and About in Torfaen' blog series I really need to make a start on. ;)

Anyway, to celebrate I thought I'd put together a post on my five favourite fictional mayors. In no particular order here are some mayors to (possibly not) aspire to...

Mayor McCheese of McDonaldLand
#5. Mayor McCheese

The mayor of McDonaldland, Mayor McCheese is a walking cheeseburger with a funny little pair of pince-nez. It doesn't get much better than that. McDonalds' was actually successfully sued over McCheese's similarity to H.R. Pufnstuf in the 1970s. Seeing as I'd never heard of the latter before reading the former's Wikipedia page, I think we all know who the real winner was.



Mayor Christable Wickham from The Thin Blue Line
#4. Mayoress Christabel Wickham

Even though they get the method of address wrong - a mayoress is actually the female consort of a mayor - Dame Christabel Wickham was a great recurring character on The Thin Blue Line. She knew how to keep men in general, and Inspector Fowler in particular, in line, although she wasn't quite as effective in a medical emergency. (As evidenced in her above attempt to wake Fowler from a faint!)



The Mayor of Casterbridge
#3. Mayor of Casterbridge

Politicians tend not to get a good rep. If any mayor ever deserved the public's disdain, it was Michael Henchard, the main character of the Thomas Hardy classic. He literally sold his own wife and daughter. No public services ombudsman is going to look kindly upon that.



Mayor Quimby from The Simpsons
#2. Mayor Quimby

The Simpsons has now been on the air since 1989, which must make Joe Quimby one of the longest serving mayors in the world. Quimby sweetens that pill by going on frequent overseas vacations, and indulging in such economy supporting vices as gambling, drinking, and intimately networking with former, current, and future Miss Springfields. Being based in the US of A, Quimby is directly elected. Cue the slogan: Vote Quimby - He'd vote for you!



Mayor of Trumpton
#1. Mayor of Trumpton

Trumpton, and its sibling shows Chigley and Camberwick Green, are something of a national institution - even 40 years later the fire brigade roll call of 'Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble, Grub' is still famous! The Mayor oversees it all, dealing with Miss Lovelace, Mitzi, Daphne and Lulu (her pekingese), and inspecting the litter in the park.

He knows about the realities and preoccupations of local public office better than any of the others on the list, sadly nodding along to the park keeper's song: Can't they use the litter bin and not make such a mess!?



Vote Cobblepot!
#1+. The Penguin

Despite being a multiple murderer, mob boss, and general kill-crazy kind of guy, Oswald Cobblepot ran a clean election and won by a landslide in TV's Gotham. Spare a thought for all the spare tan that died to make it possible, and all those trees to be sacrificed for those upcoming ethics and standards hearing agendas...


Comments

  1. Well, I'm off to Google all this mayor stuff to learn more about it, but whatever it is, I can tell it's a big deal and I'm very excited for you! :)

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    1. :D Thank you! I'm not sure if you have the same kind of thing in the states, all the US mayors I can think of are directly elected. Most mayors here are elected by the council and are then kind of the 'civic face' of the area. x

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  2. is it wrong I only know Mayor Quimby? lol - but nevertheless.. congratulations!! #kcacols

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  3. Congratulations- such a rewarding thing to be involved and giving back to your community #kcacols

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  4. Congratulations, what a huge achievement, though I am sure challenging but rewarding work. You are surely a role model to other young people in your community #KCACOLS

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  5. Absolutely fantastic news honey - Huge congratulations. I can't wait to read more about what you'll be getting involved with and what a fantastic role model you'll be for the youngsters in the community. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday

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    1. :3 Aw, thank you! I really hope I get re-elected now so I can get to be the actual mayor too. x

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  6. Such amazing news! I think you should definitely take some of these mayors as inspiration. Maybe not Casterbridge though! #KCACOLS

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  7. Well done! How cool to be the Mayor.
    Love Quimby, so funny.
    #KCACOLS

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  8. Wow! Congrats!!!!! I love that you started off with Mayor McCheese. #KCACOLS

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  9. It is amazing news! Well done to you! You will surely outclass all of your fictional counterparts - especially the Mayor of Casterbridge. He was a bit of a wrong'un!
    x Alice
    #kcacols

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  10. Congratulations how exciting! I also recently learned that the dad of two lovely girls I used to work with is going for the metromayor in Liverpool (did I get that right? I hope so) #kcacols

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    1. Ooh, that's really cool! I don't think we have any directly elected mayors in Wales.

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  11. Congratulations! What an achievement. Its gret you have something to look forward to working on next year as well xx

    #KCACOLS

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  12. Congratulations, that really exciting for you! And I think all of those mayors are better than Mayor Goodway in Paw Patrol! x #KCACOLS

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